The Delta State Police Command has issued a statement in response to a misleading narrative posted on Pararan Mock News regarding the deaths of two young men, Charles Okpako and Ejiro Ekeipovwe, allegedly murdered on 12/7/2023 by yet-to-be-identified security operatives at Ogbolokposu community, Uvwie LGA.
In an effort to provide clarity and dispel misinformation, the Delta State Police Command wishes to address the matter as follows:
On 14/07/2022, a murder case was reported by Rhoda Ese Okpako and Erhiga Omavovwe Andrew, accusing one Apostle Michael Akpor and his police escort of shooting at a tricycle, resulting in the tragic deaths of Charles Okpako and Ejiro Ekeipovwe.
The case was promptly transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a thorough investigation.
Key findings from the investigation include: The tricycle rider confirmed being shot by policemen on escort duty but could not identify the officers involved.
An eyewitness, Festus Ebereri, claimed to have been present during the incident but could not positively identify the Apostle’s vehicle when shown alongside similar vehicles during an identification parade. Furthermore, the police officer accused of firing the shots was confirmed to be on a different assignment at the time of the incident and not present in Ogbolokposu.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showed Apostle Michael Akpor entering and leaving the church premises, contradicting the allegations. Upon the completion of the investigation, a duplicate case file was submitted to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for review. The DPP, after careful examination of the case, determined that there was no “prima facie” case of the offense of murder against Apostle Michael Akpor, INSP Ignatius Agazhie, and ASP Mesoro Victor.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, CP. Wale Abass, extends his condolences to the families of Charles Okpako and Ejiro Ekeipovwe. He assures the public that the command remains fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation into the deaths and pledges to uncover the identities of the suspected uniformed security officers involved in the incident.
Furthermore, the Delta State Police Commissioner advises the public against engaging in cyberstalking, emphasizing that it is a clear violation of the Cyber Crime Act of 2015. He warns media personalities, bloggers, and social media influencers, or any individuals who engage in such behavior, to desist from such acts, as they could face arrest and prosecution.
CP Abass urges the public to remain calm and encourages anyone with relevant information that could assist the investigative process to provide information anonymously through the command’s Social Media handles or call the command’s dedicated lines (09155570007; 09155570008) for immediate response.
This statement was issued by DSP. Edafe Bright, the Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command.